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  FOX News    Special Report With Bret Baier    News/Business. Bret  
   Baier.  (2013) New.  

    August 28, 2013
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they have fire gods. >> stop with this! >> no, look at this. this is the guy i was dancing with. this is the most humiliating thing i've done. we ended the show dancing. that's it for us at "the five." "special report" is next. the obama administration consults with allies, finally agrees to talk to congressional leaders before pulling the trigger on syria. this is "special report." good evening, i'm bret baier. the only shots being fired continue to be of the rhetorical variety tonight as the anticipation grows of a u.s. military attack against syria. the u.s. is so far playing by the rules with other nations. however, the lawmakers here at home were until today definitely feeling left out.
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we have fox team coverage. melissa francis in new york has economic implications of a military move on syria. catherine herridge looks at how limited strikes worked before. james rosen at the state department looks at the possible blow back the action may carry for our allies and adversaries. we begin with chief white house correspondent ed henry with where things stand now. hello, ed. >> reporter: good evening, bret. fox learned tomorrow the white house will brief top house and senate members about key intelligence involving syria, and also possible strikes that are planned against syria. what we're still waiting for is actual report to the public about what that intelligence shows and we're still waiting for the president to make his case. as president obama spoke out on the peaceful, nonviolent legacy of dr. martin luther king junior, another day passed without him speaking out on whether he is about to launch military strikes against syria. the commander in chief has thus far left his public case to vice president biden and others, while his counterparts in
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britain and france have spoken out. legislatures in both countries are coming back for emergency sessions. >> interesting to me the british parliament and french parliament have convened to discuss this issue. i do think the president needs to have more consultation, which so far has not been there, but the war powers act is a little murky about that. >> reporter: a growing number of american lawmakers in both parties want to clear up the murkiness. a letter circulated by congressman scott mitchell about military action in syria has drawn over 100 signatures from republicans and democrats. >> he ought to call us back into session if he's warranted on the evidence, we'll stand with him with statutory authority. >> reporter: in addition to national security, lawmakers are also raising questions about debt. senator james inhofe, top
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republican on the committee declared i cannot support military action in syria unless the president presents to congress his broader strategy in the region that addresses our national security interests and the budget to support it. pressure is also coming from democrats who say the president has the power to act alone, but should have debate in congress to carefully consider the fact it could spark a wider conflict in the mideast. >> americans have to realize if we go in, we may not get out as quickly as they believe we may. >> reporter: while the president and vice president have been consulting with lawmakers by phone, they vowed in the 2008 campaign to get actual authorization from congress before taking military action. then senator biden going so far as to say he would personally seek impeachment charges against president bush if he bombed iran without a congressional okay. biden mixed up iran with iraq. >> what i said as chairman of
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foreign relations committee, if he takes the country to war in iraq without vote of congress, then he should be impeached. >> reporter: new pressure from both sides of the aisle, last few moments, democrat jerry nadler says he must get authorization before attack, and speaker boehner saying as commander in chief it is time for him to directly make his case to the american people. >> ed henry on the north lawn. thank you. while syria is the obvious focus of potential military action, the u.s. is keeping a close eye on the key syrian ally, the nation on the other side of iraq. here is chief washington correspondent. >> reporter: the ally has always been the regime from iran. but the world heard a curiously neutral statement that could even have been interpreted as welcoming u.s. military action against the assad regime.
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>>translator: iran, victim of chemical weapons itself reminds the entire international community to use whatever is in its power to prevent use of such weapons anywhere, especially in syria. >> reporter: yet the speaker from the iranian parliament came direct threat against washington's staunchest ally, israel. >>translator: illegitimate planning by the west warns you may start a military operation against syria but you will not be the ones that will end the war. you also need to be worried about illegitimate zionist child in the region. >> reporter: syria vowed to lash out against israel and they blame the israelis for the current crisis. >> the only party that benefits from the instability in the area is the continuation of the israeli policies of occupation of the territories. >> reporter: in tel aviv,
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citizens are lining up to protect against the attacks, even as netanyahu tweeted pursuant to security consultation held, there is no reason to change daily routines. at same time, we are prepared for any scenario. >> this is taking place in a region that's already incredibly destabilized, in a country that borders many countries, allies and friends that we work closely with together. it is important to send a strong message this type of mass scale, indiscriminate use of chemical weapons is not acceptable. >> reporter: stymied by syria's ally russia, the u.s. intends to bypass that council all together. president obama's critics argue his inaction to date in the conflict could cause a further geopolitical ripple effect when he does act. the chancellor of germany where there's strong opposition, joined the british prime minister cameron in agreeing the syrian regime should not go unpunished. willingness to proceed absent
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u.n., seems insist tentd on authorization that european leaders maintained a decade ago when bush cheney readied for war in iraq. >> james rosen, thank you. insiders predict any action against syria will probably be limited and brief, just a prediction though. tonight, chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge tells us a review of limited military strikes shows they can have severe, unintended consequences where america's enemies double down rather than retreat. >> reporter: as the obama administration weighs its response to syria's alleged use of chemical weapons, the state department acknowledged the risk. >> there are a variety of factors that go into that determination, possible unintended consequences, possible effects in the region, all of that is part of this big picture that we look at. >> reporter: among compelling examples, clinton administration's response to
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simultaneous truck bombings in tanzania in 1998, which left 223 dead, more than 4,000 injured. this pharmaceutical factory in the sudan, believed at the time to produce chemical weapons and training camps in afghanistan were bombed in retaliation. with hindsight, observers say clinton missile strikes strengthened the bond between the taliban and al qaeda, paving the way for the uss cole bombing and a chance to bring terrorism to america's shores. >> you use limited military power to send a signal. in this case it was that al qaeda will not be allowed to threaten the united states. the immediate aftermath is that the administration becomes embolden. >> reporter: reagan administration took a similar attack after this. two of the dead were serviceman, many of the injured disabled. moammar gadhafi, president reagan launched strikes on
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benghazi and tripoli. >> today we have done what we had to do. if necessary, we shall do it again. >> reporter: two years later, libyan bomb on pan am flight over lockerbie, scott land, killing 259 on board, 11 on the ground. >> acting tactically rather than strategically risks causing more harm than good. we see it in the current situation in syria. >> reporter: there's no question the u.s. military can pull off a limited strike, analysts say short term satisfaction can often be outweighed by long term consequences and the real likelihood of retaliation against u.s. interests. >> thank you. wall street recovered a bit after a bad day tuesday. the dow was up today, 48. the s&p 500 gained 4, and nasdaq ahead 15. just the potential of military conflict in syria had a big effect on the global economy. so what happens if we get the real thing? let's get some answers now from melissa francis in new york,
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host of money with melissa francis, weekdays 5:00 p.m. on fox business network. good evening. >> good evening. >> what's the impact we're seeing already? >> you see markets are very nervous. saw big decline to start the week. right now, we're seeing a definite wait and see attitude. at the same time, investors are flying to safety, buying gold and right away, not surprisingly, seeing the price of oil go up. >> syria doesn't produce that much oil. why are we seeing this jump and there's not even a conflict yet. >> syria produces a little oil, but it is all about the neighborhood. right there they have iraq, the second biggest oil producer in opec. they have major waterways, straight of hormuz, suez canal. it is about conflict in the neighborhood. a third of the world's oil comes from the region. any time there's a disruption, that makes oil markets very nervous and the price of oil goes up. >> oil markets are tough to
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predicts. if you were to say how this all translates for viewers at the pump potentially? >> right away you're going to see a couple cents, we already know that, because the price your gas station pays when they buy from wholesalers, we have seen it go up a bit. one thing on our side, it is labor day. that's the time when demand tapers off. all of the driving you do in the summer to see people, do things, that's going away. so that could work in our favor. what you want to watch is how much the price of oil goes up and for how long. if it goes up $10 and stays there for a week or more, that's when we're in big trouble. that's what to watch. >> big picture, what it means for the economy. >> not good. none of those things we talked about are good for the economy, a weakening stock market, higher gold prices, higher oil prices and commodities, and general fear and disruption. it is all bad for an already weak recovery. >> melissa francis in new york. as always, thank you. up next, the 50th anniversary of the march on washington.
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but first, here is what some of our fox affiliates across the country are covering. fox 45 in baltimore, a veteran police officer, husband and father who was killed while serving a warrant today. fox 40 in sacramento continues to follow the yosemite wildfire. it has already burned through 293 square miles of the sierra, nevada, destroying 111 structures, threatening the famous giant sequoias out there. and a live look at atlanta, covering the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a 13 month old child as he sat in a stroller last march. that's the live look outside the beltway from "special report." we'll be right back.
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live look at the martin
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luther king junior monument in washington. here in washington, throughout the nation, bells rang at 3:00 p.m. eastern to mark a watershed moment in the nation's history. correspondent doug mcelway looks at the 50th anniversary of a civil rights turning point. [ bell ringing ] >> reporter: the symbolism profound, ringing the bell that used to be above the 16th street baptist church where four little girls were killed in a bombing two weeks after the 1963 march. also profound, the voices in the crowd, people like gilbert lyons, he was there that day, veteran of the korean war. >> left, the country was segregated, seemed like it was worse. people in japan treat you like you supposed to be, human beings. come back in my own country in uniform, sit there, say i can't feed you. >> reporter: today's ceremony an opportunity to pass memories of the injustices onto a younger
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generation. >> i'm so happy to be here today to show her the history from the civil rights movement, the freedom that my mother and father experienced. >> reporter: the ceremony paid homage to king and an entire generation of courageous civil rights leaders who on that august day came to a city on edge, all of the police force on duty, supplemented by the national guard. the sound system sabotaged the night before. president kennedy refused to meet with organizers until after the march, for fear they would impose demands. the speech in the march went on as planned and helped to change america. >> i have a dream. >> they moved millions, including a 17-year-old boy watching alone in his home in arkansas. >> reporter: today,gregation and institutionalized racism is all but a memory as evidenced by the presidency of this man. >> because they marched, city
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councils changed and state legislatures changed, congress changed, and yes, eventually the white house changed. >> reporter: but changes produced consequences. the helping hand of lyndon johnson's society too often became a crutch. today, 72% of african-american children are born to unmarried mothers, greater incarceration rates and joblessness remain stubbornly high. how to address it is a polarized debate in washington, a discussion president obama said could end with the courage king showed. >> that's where courage comes from. when we turn not from each other or on each other but towards one another and find we do not walk alone. >> reporter: one thing that attendees did not hear was the king speech itself, at least in its entirety. a few months after it was delivered, king had it copyrighted, the only way to hear it today is to pay for it, until it enters the public domain in the year 2038. >> doug mcelway live on the
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cooperation is growing between the u.s. and mexico to bring down some of the most dangerous criminals in either country. correspondent william la january he is tells us how they're doing
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it. >> reporter: decapitating the drug cartels, to kill or capture king pins like last month has long been a strategy south of the border. u.s. help goes beyond the dea, wire taps, informants. the pentagon is now using civilian pilots to fly prop aircraft deep into mexico. sources tell the website. >> i am told they fly daily, as much as possible. they land, refuel, get their maintenance, and get out again. >> reporter: fox confirms operation low rider started in 2011. it is not without risk. many veterans of the drug war support low rider. >> it has been successful in identifying, eliminating, bringing to justice those that have sent tons and tons of drugs to the united states. >> reporter: the planes contracted by u.s. northern command to expose routines of
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high level traffickers. >> they're highly trained, they fly the planes in patterns over a target's house, and in the back of the plane are technicians who man these earphones, electronics, camera. >> reporter: asked about the operation, pentagon's northern command said this. quote. we work closely with the mexican military and assist them whenever we can because it is in our best interest and theirs. we have been involved in sharing equipment, information, and other activities. however, information sharing is not something we discuss. the missions fly with consent of mexico. many worry the new president will discontinue low rider when the contract expires in september. bret? >> thank you. convicted fort hood shooter hasan sentenced to death. a 13 person panel at the court martial agreed unanimously on the verdict. the army psychiatrist killed 13, wounded more than 30 during a
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shooting spree in 2009. he offered virtually no defense during his court martial. there is no denying the joy in one pennsylvania home tonight. that's because a treasured member of the family has come home. peter johnson, jr. has the story of sarah murnaghan's return. >> reporter: are you the queen for the day here? >> yeah. >> reporter: it was a royal welcome home for sarah murnaghan, complete with tiaras, toys, and a ton of family and friends awaiting her return after two double lung transplants and 189 days at the children's hospital of philadelphia. >> how many hugs are you going to get? show us. >> reporter: her battle with cystic fibrosis sparked a national debate regarding organ transplant policy and the fight for lungs and life in the courts, congress, media, overturned a rule in the united states that discriminated
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against children under 12 who needed lung transplants. sarah is ready for her new life outside the hospital with her newly adopted sister ella, brother shawn and fin. >>. [ inaudible ] >> reporter: she's looking forward to fulfilling her dream of being a famous singer. ♪ >> it is amazing the strength you get from everyone around you to achieve what needs to be done. >> reporter: sarah will likely be home schooled the next year. she breathed with the help of a trak ostomy tube and is on anti-rejection and steroid drugs, but surrounded by the love of family and friends, the one word that seems to capture her is strong. what would you say to all of the
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people that tried to help you and believed in you? >> thanks. if i am strong, you can be strong, too. >> good story. with the murnaghan family in pennsylvania. no grapevine so we can get you ready to join in on the special panel segments this evening. we get you started on the sr bing polls. a review after the break. yeah. i heard about progressive's "name your price" tool? i guess you can tell them how much you want to pay and it gives you a range of options to choose from. huh? i'm looking at it right now. oh, yeah? yeah. what's the... guest room situation?
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we are a few minutes away from your chance to participate in our panel segments. in weeks past, we had close to 1 million votes from you at home, as many as 60,000 votes per minute. here is a refresher on how you can be part of the panel tonight. >> we are all agreeing. >> not sure about that. >> let's walk through how you can have a seat at the panel. first, you need to go to bing.com/politics on your home computer, or even a hand held device. once on the page, pick your political affiliation. there are three options. for this one, republican, democrat, or independent. we'll click independent. then state your gender.
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male or female, of course. now you are on the panel, too. as the discussion begins, you can have your say. you can vote and vote often, every five seconds if you would like. click one of the five buttons on the screen, ranging from strongly disagree to strongly agree. click on strongly agree a couple times. now it is time to see what you and others think. we will show you the results through the show, updating you in real time. you'll be able to see who's peaking and tanking, who is grabbing attention, who is falling flat. so here is a question. how do you read the graph? there will be a pulse score of 0 to 100 for each group, democrat, independent, republican, male, female. a high poll score closer to 100 shows that group agrees with what's being said on the panel. a low poll score closer to zero shows the group disagrees with the panelists.
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we will also measure the intensity score, highlighting moments throughout the show where the greatest number of viewers vote at the same time. it is not about agreement or disagreement, it is where the graph is showing who is getting the most clicks, period, agree or disagree. this is a first for an evening news program, something you can take part in. we have partnered with our friends at bing to bring it to you. >> it is the first every time people get to sit in their living room or pick up their phone and actually vote real time and see the results real time on the screen, so you get a seat at the table like has never been done. >> okay. let's get started. first, the first panel, we will talk about syria. just moments ago, president obama wrapped up an interview with pbs in which he said they are confident, the u.s. government is confident syria, syrian government carried out chemical weapons attacks. he was asked about possible attack on syria. here is what he said.
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>> if in fact we can take a limited, tailored approach, not getting drawn into a long conflict, not a repetition of, you know, iraq, which i know a lot of people are worried about, but if we are saying in a clear and decisive put very limited way, we send a shot across the bow saying stop doing this, that can have impact on national security over the long term and may have a positive impact in the sense that chemical weapons are not used again on innocent civilians. >> with that, let's bring in the panel tonight. remember, you're part of it. joel goldberg, juan williams, columnist with the hill, and syndicated columnist, charles krauthammer. okay. what did he say there?
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>> this is the most reluctant war we have seen a president get us into, whether it is a sustained war or military action. he clearly does not want to do it, and i think for obvious, good reasons and some political reasons. but he is being dragged in kicking and screaming. most american people are fed up with doing this in the mideast, good and bad. put it in the column recently, to hell with them, we have gone to war to save muslim lives, every time we do it, we get nothing but ingratitude back. even less in the region. people feel like we have seen this movie before, don't want to do it again. >> juan? >> that's exactly right. there's no question if you look at the poll numbers, if you talk to people, very few people want to get involved. there's a moral issue, a moral imperative, bret, that says how can you watch the kind of
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slaughter, the tapes we have seen of the dead children and not asuper power not try to intervene, but the question is to what end. we did not intervene in some african nations where we saw similar carnage. the question becomes what's the u.s. national interest, the standard that calls for intervention? some would say what this is about is not so much syria as iran, because what we have there is basically the assad government as a surrogate for iran in this conflict. if iran gets the message there's no consequence to using what the president today called the largest stockpile of gas and nerve weaponry in the world, then you might also see the iranians use not only gases but nuclear. are we trying to simply buck up, the president's word, there was a red line, don't you doubt the strength of my words. >> charles, to hear the president make this case, and this is really the first time we've heard him make it, it is
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an interesting way he's phrasing it. >> but i was surprised by the phrase shot across the bow. when you shoot across the bow of an enemy ship, you say stop or we will sink you with the next round. when obama says we're doing a shot across the bow, then we're going to go home, this will stop, it will be limited. three days, we don't want an iraq war. so has none of the effect of a shot across the bow. it is simply a way to he is swaj the president and people through the west without doing anything. the reluctance of this president trying to make the case is simply staggering. it reminds me of the same reluctance you heard when he gave the announcement in december of 2009 about the surge in afghanistan. in one sentence, he declares the tripling of troops, in the next sentence says we're going to be
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out in 2014. so he announced that to everybody in the region, enemy or friend, he didn't want to do this. it is going to be a three day deal, we're going home no matter what. what's the message there? unseriousness. >> is it possible this is part of a head fake, it is part of a broader, more intense strike than we even think? >> it is, but given the track record of the president, given the way he spoke tonight, it is one of the great head fakes in the history of america. and i'm not sure he's good at it. he sounded sincere in his reluctance. if he really is a warrior, covering his tracks, has a clever plan of lulling us into complacency, i think he'll deserve a lot of respect. i don't think he is going to do it. >> another point, the administration is leaking like a siv what it will and won't do.
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don't sound like it is a conspiracy to deceive the american people or seer yans, sounds like they're going after assad, regime change off the table, which is nuts. i wouldn't mind a three day attack if directed to kill assad and his inner circle. this is a dictator that doesn't care about civilian losses, doesn't care about his own troop losses. he cares about his own life. he is a sociopath. the rule is to teach people not to use chemical weapons, maybe one way to do it is kill people that give the order. >> we have three panels. more on syria coming up, how close is the u.s. to military action, and how much will congress be brought in? plus again, we'll wrap up your participation in the sr bing polls. keep the conversation going when we come back. [ man ] this isn't my first career. but it might just be my favorite. [ female announcer ] welcome to the new aarp. we're ready to help you rediscover purpose and passion with programs like life reimined
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test. test. what i said as chairman of
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the foreign relations committee, if he takes the country to war in iraq without the vote of congress which will not exist, then he should be impeached. >> that was senator biden, debate talking about iran actually. there's some angst on capitol hill on how much congress is brought in before whatever happens with syria. house speaker john boehner writing a letter asking these questions. what standard did the administration use to determine this scope of chemical weapons use parnts potential military action. what result is the administration seeking from the response? would the sole purpose be to send a warning to the assad regime about use of chemical weapons? would you consider using the united states military to respond to situations or scenarios that don't directly involve use or transfer of chemical weapons. does the administration intend to submit a supplemental appropriations request to congress should the strikes exceed the initial planning. these are some questions from
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the house speaker. we're told there will be a briefing of congressional leaders, charles. what about this and the growing vocalization we hear from congress about this. >> all the questions raised are legitimate, shouldn't be answered in a briefing, they should be answered in open debate in congress. let's review the bidding here. when george bush involved us and the supposedly illegal wars in iraq and afghanistan, trampling the constitution as we heard incessantly from democrats, he sought and got in the afghan war and in the iraq war a debate in congress and a vote of authorization. and now what we're hearing from the democrats with utter shameless hypocrisy, this administration is not required to do it. look, the main question that boehner was asking is, is all of this to send a message, to which i would say if you want to send
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a message, call western union. you don't use tomahawk missiles and engage in war. war is a serious thing. that's why it should be debated in the congress. >> the bush administration also had a united nations resolution as well. juan? >> i think it is very important to say for all of the verbiage we just saw from speaker boehner, speaker boehner, you know, senate majority reid, neither is calling for vote or asking for this to happen. all that you read off, there was no request for speaker boehner for an actual vote. if you can imagine a debate in congress over u.s. military action, you understand how that would complicate anything the united states was -- what if they say no and we have convinced allies and the brits, the french and others to join, said oh, no, the congress said no. that's why presidents all along have been reluctant to give any kind of limited power to the vote. >> you saw senator biden, there
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are a number of instances where candidate obama said things that were opposite to this executive action he is potentially taking now. >> couple of caveats. one, juan is right. one reason they don't want to vote, this would lose and that would make obama look more ineffect ul and weak. i don't think obama went far in persuading our allies to do anything, i think the allies have gone far to get obama to do something, reverses it. end of the day, partisan finger pointing. one of the things so fascinating, it divides democrats and republicans, divides conservatives and liberals. you have liberals that want to vote, conservatives that want to vote and others that don't both sides. that's because it is really complicated, there's no great answer. next up, the march on washington. ♪ even superheroes need superheroes, and some superheroes need complete and balanced meals with 23 vitamins and minerals.
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>> i have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. i have a dream today! >> they did not die in vain. their victory was great. but we would dishonor those heroes as well to suggest that the work of this nation is somehow complete. the arc of the motherly universe may bend toward justice, but it
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doesn't bend on its own. >> bret: president obama marking the day 50 years ago, really to minute, that martin luther king jr. delivered that powerful address. we're back with the panel. the march on washington, its message, various speakers. juan, your thoughts? >> it's a speech, a moment in american history, that continues to have a grip on the american imagination. obviously that speak in '63, 100 years after the emancipation proclamation, moves us forward in american history. today you heard the president. he's no prophet. he's no martin luther king jr., not a great speaker in that other territory caoratorical, ce generations and races in a meaningful way, saying it's a matter of courage to face down your fears for change. i thought it was very interesting from my point of view that he spoke about race
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politics in the country in 2013, cutting both ways. i was taken by that. he said, in terms of the minority community, you can't use race or bigotry as an excuse not to raise children, educate children, not to believe in yourself, and simply believe in recriticism nation. he's often reluctant to speak out with tough love to the minority group. >> former presidents clinton and carter saying the fight is not over, and stop complaining, according to clinton, put our shoulders against the stubborn gates, putting the american people back. >> yeah. he also said it shouldn't be harder in a great democracy to vote than to get a assault weapon, which was a profound buy dishonest and partisan thing to say. that said, i thought president obama's speech was pretty good. for mostly the reasons that juan lays out, but over the course of
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the day this was like a democratic party convention. i thought it was sort of outrageous that there was no role that they could carve out out of generosity and spirit for a single republican, or maybe the only black republican, black senator, in office today. tim scott was not invited at all. it was a true rally, true heroes, and a bunch of hacks like al sharpton. >> can i chime in? clarence thomas was not invited. republicans had a session this monday at which they had people talking, including bob brown, an aide to dr. king, talking about republicans and the civil rights movement, somehow republicans had been exclude from today's celebrations. >> there's some reporting that there were invites, and that some of them did not show up. we'll try to get to the bottom of that. >> i think the real tragedy is that the prestigious an prestigf
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the original civil rights movement, many of the martyrs like dr. king, has left people living in that age, imagining that's where the struggle ought to be today. in those days the struggle was terrible laws, a legal system of segregation and discrimination. that was abolished in generation. that fight is over. the idea that it's now the voter id law, i heard one speaker say in the past the problem was the men in sheets who did all of this, wearing hoods on their heads, and now it's people in black robes who strike down the voting rights act. if you're going to equate the supreme court with the klan, you're really living 50 years ago. today the challenge is the social issues. it is not changing laws. it's not stand your ground. it is the breakup of the family, and it is the terrible education that young people in the ghettos are subjected to which ruins
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their lives from the beginning, and in which democrats, particularly the teachers unions are complicit, and they simply will not face that fact. >> bret: final word, juan, for a lot of people, it was an emotional day. >> it's tremendously emotional. i can feel it myself. look, i was just a 9-year-old. i got to tell you, the idea that my dad could have been there is something that's special to me. >> bret: that's it for the panel. stay tuned for our highlights, something you have to see to believe. if you're looking for help relieving heartburn,
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yeah. i heard about progressive's "name your price" tool? i guess you can tell them how much you want to pay and it gives you a range of options to choose from. huh? i'm looking at it right now. oh, yeah? yeah. what's the... guest room situation? the "name your price" tool, making the world a little more progressive. >> bret: some of the highlights tonight. the highest intensity tonight was when charles talked about a reluctance among republicans to go into syria. we had 61,000 votes per minute during that thought. 65,000 votes total tonight. women were slightly less positive than men when jonas said congress couldn't pass a syria vote. and juan, overwhelming disagreement about your comment
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about the president needs to take the issue to credit. you did win the women back with the president's speech today, republicans agreed more than republicans, though. finally tonight, embarrassing moments at beauty pageants before, especially during the q&a portion. a woman competing in the miss philippines pageant had trouble describing what of her five senses she couldn't live without. >> thank you. i would say seeing, because seeing is a sense that we can never see, because seeing is believing, and believing into what you see is perfect. out of all the senses, seeing
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was really being wonderful, because -- thank you. that will be it. >> bret: phew! thanks for inviting into your home tonight. that's it for this "special report with bret baier," fair, balanced and unafraid. "special report" online starts right now. >> he killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens of others on an army post in texas. now the fort hood shooter is sentenced to die. moments ago, movements on syria from inside the white house directly from the president. his words just ahead. the administration considers its next move. >> assad regime was responsible for these chemical weapons and this attack. >> but some lawmakers are telling the white house not so fast. and syria says back off. >> someone sprayed all over the walls.